The Duncan Banner

August 10, 2013

A test worthy of citizenship

Ed Darling
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN —

School begins for students in Stephens County either this week or next, so let’s all get in the right frame of mind. Kids, get your thinking caps in order. Parents, or adults, see if you’re smarter than a third, fourth or fifth grader. Challenge yourself to answer the questions that follow.
1.  Who is the vice president of the United States?
2.  How many U.S. Senators are there?
3. Who are U.S. Senators from Oklahoma?
4.  What does the U.S. Constitution do?
5.  What do we call the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution?
6.  What is one right or freedom outlined in the First Amendment?
7.  What did the Declaration of Independence do?
8.  What are the two parts of Congress?
9.  Who is the U.S. Representative for Stephens County and the Fourth Congressional District from Oklahoma?
10.  What is the Supreme Court?
11.  How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
12.  Who is chief justice of the Supreme Court?
13.  How old must citizens be to vote for President? 
14.  Why did colonists come to America?
15.  Name three of the 13 original states.
16.  Who was the “father of our country”?
17.  What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
18.  Who was president during the Great Depression and World War II?
19.  What was the United States’ main concern during the Cold War?
20.  Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States?
21.  Name one U.S. territory.
22.  What states border Mexico?
23.  What significant event happened Sept. 11, 2001?
24.  Why does the American flag have 13 stripes and 50 stars?
25.  What is the name of the national anthem?
ANSWERS
1.  Joseph R. (Joe) Biden Jr.
2. Each state has two Senators.
3.  Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe are Oklahoma Senators.
4.  The Constitution defines the government and protects basic rights of Americans.
5.  The first 10 amendments to the Constitution are the Bill of Rights.
6.  Speech, religion, assembly, press and petitioning the government are listed in the First Amendment.
7.  The Declaration announced our independence from Great Britain.
8.  Congress is made of the Senate and House of Representatives.
9.  Tom Cole of Moore represents Stephens County and the Fourth Congressional District. He was first elected in 2002.
10.  The Supreme Court is the highest court in the land.
11.  There are nine Supreme Court justices.
12.  John C. Roberts Jr. is chief justice of the Supreme Court.
13.  Citizens 18 years and older may vote for President.
14.  Freedom, political liberty, religious freedom, economic opportunity and escape from persecution are reasons colonists came to America. .
15.  New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia are the original 13 states.
16.  George Washington was “father of our country” and its first president.
17.  The Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in the Confederate states.
18.  Franklin Roosevelt was president during the Great Depression and World War II.
19.  Communism was the major Cold War concern.
20.  The Mississippi and Missouri rivers are the two longest rivers in the United States.
21.  Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands and Guam are territories of the United States.
22.  California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas border Mexico.
23.  Terrorists attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.
24.  The American flag has one stripe for each of the original colonies and one star for each of the 50 states.
25.  The Star Spangled Banner is the name of the national anthem.  
  The questions, provided by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, are samples of hundreds used as an oral civics test administered candidates for citizenship. Each applicant is asked 10 similar questions and must get at least six correct.
Interesting, huh! Simple, basic, easy questions. How did you do?
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